CMS Lady Bulldogs stumble against Community

Friday, March 9, 2012
Cornersville shortstop Madison Hopkins throws out Community's Dora Ramos at first base in the top of the second inning. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Shaky defense proved to be the undoing of the Cornersville Middle School Lady Bulldogs (2-2) on Tuesday afternoon, as they committed nine errors en route to losing 11-4 to the Community Viqueens at home.

Cornersville held a 3-0 lead through first three innings of play, but saw things go awry from that point on while Community crossed home plate 11 times over the next four frames thanks to a slew of defensive miscues by the Lady Bulldogs to claim the seven-run victory.

Despite notching nine strikeouts, Cornersville starting pitcher Briley Bean suffered her second loss of the season, allowing 11 runs, only one earned, in seven innings of work on 12 hits and four walks.

The Lady Bulldogs, meanwhile, finished with six hits and five walks against Viqueen starting hurler Karla Pena, but had four runners thrown out on the base paths to snuff out potential scoring threats.

"You're not going to win any ballgames committing nine errors," said Cornersville coach Trace Beasley. "Things kind of snowballed on us after the fourth inning. Our attitudes remained good, but we need to focus better."

Carson Coble went 2-3 with a double, 1 RBI, and a run scored to lead the Lady Bulldogs' offensively. Miranda Cooksey, Madison Hopkins, Madison Spivey, and Kirsten Young each had one hit for Cornersville as well with Hopkins driving in one run.

Sarah Pierce did the most damage at the plate for the Viqueens by going 5-5 with a double, 3 RBI, and two runs scored, while Davie Barnes added three hits and two runs scored.

Bean escaped a bases loaded jam in the top of the first inning before the Lady Bulldogs plated three runs in the bottom half of the frame to grab a 3-0 lead.

Following a leadoff walk by Cooksey, Hopkins hit into a fielder's choice before scoring all the way from first on a Community throwing error while Emily Martin reached third base on the play. After Coble drove in Martin with an RBI double to make it 2-0, Samantha Prosser drew a walk to put runners on first and second. Coble then raced home when Prosser got caught in a rundown between first and second.

The Viqueens left a pair of runners in scoring position in the top of the second, but tallied six unearned runs in the fourth with the help of three hits, a walk, and four Cornersville errors to pull ahead 6-3.

Community then crossed home plate three more times in the sixth on the strength of three hits, a walk, and two Lady Bulldog errors to extend their lead to 9-3 before tacking on two more unearned runs in the seventh to open up an 11-3 advantage.

In the bottom of the seventh, Cornersville pushed across a run for the 11-4 final when Spivey scored on a Hopkins RBI single after reaching base on a one-out single and advancing to third on a Young single and a walk by Cooksey.